RUSSIA: We Are All Stalinists

For a man some thought to be toppling, Nikita Khrushchev was in fine tippling form last week. Tossing off the vodka at New Year's Eve party, Khrushchev told all within hearing that Stalin, whom he had described as a murdering madman only eleven months ago, had in fact done so much good that his mistakes must be overlooked. Cried Nikita: "Stalin was a fighter of imperialists . . . Imperialists call us Stalinists . . . When it comes to fighting imperialists we are all Stalinists."

For the next three days the First Party Secretary was inexplicably missing from the round...

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